The MI COVID-19 Safer Dining Program is a voluntary program in which businesses have their ventilation systems inspected by a licensed HVAC professional, in order to improve circulation within the workplace and reduce the risk of COVID-19 spread.
The East Lansing City Council issued an emergency ordinance requiring compliance with any public health orders issued by the State, the Ingham County Health Department, the Mid-Michigan District Health Department or either county's Health Officer Thursday in a special meeting.
The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services allowed for bars and restaurants to reopen indoor dining at 25% capacity, effective Feb. 1. East Lansing Public Schools are also slated to open by March 1.
Whitmer said Michigan does not have the needed supply of COVID-19 vaccines yet, but once it does the state has a plan to vaccinate 50,000 people per day.
Sparrow Health System recently vaccinated 200 Lansing city employees including Mayor Andy Schor as a part of an invitation-only pilot program, but according to Ingham County Health Officer Linda Vail in a media briefing Tuesday, it has not created a set-back in COVID-19 vaccine availability.
Restaurants and bars will be allowed to reopen at 25% capacity, up to 100 people. All tables must be six feet apart with no more than six people per table. They will also be required to close by 10 p.m.
Michigan State students were called out specifically in the latest Michigan State Police press release, citing a June 2020 gathering at Harpers Restaurant and Brewpub that led to over 180 cases of COVID-19.
The Moderna vaccine shipments were reported to have dropped below their threshold temperatures, making them ineffective and unusable.
Through different forms of transmission, these students all got sick and had varying experiences with the infectious virus, from mild flu symptoms to losing their sense of smell or taste.
Sparrow Health System will begin distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine to those 70 and older and other members of the 1B vaccination prioritization group on Tuesday, Jan. 19.
Small businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic can apply for the grant from 9 a.m. on Jan. 19 through noon on Jan. 22.
The newest timeline for Michigan, released by the MDHHS on Wednesday, Jan. 13, sees a delay in the originally planned schedule, pushing the last prioritization group, everyone aged 16 and up without high-risk health conditions, toward the end of 2021.
Gov. Whitmer set a goal to administer 50,000 shots per day and to have 70% of Michigan residents ages 16 and up vaccinated within the coming months. She also announced that indoor dining could resume on Feb. 1 if cases continue to decrease.
In total, Sparrow has distributed 9,351 doses of vaccine, while having received a total of 17,725, most of which fall in that 98% category of distributed or allocated, according to a Monday press release.